Review: Curtis Eller’s American Circus – “Wirewalkers and Assassins”

Those who loved Taking Up Serpents Again, Curtis Eller’s excellent 2004 collection of banjo-driven Americana, pre-rock roots-folk and ragtime ruminations, need not tread cautiously when considering his latest, another 10-track offering dubbed Wirewalkers and Assassins. Few records this year have been as adept at mining the successes of their predecessors while still sounding refreshing and…

Concert Review: Sam Phillips – Sept. 12, 2008

Sam Phillips Club Café – Pittsburgh, PA Sept. 12, 2008 And now, 150 words on Sam Phillips’ first performance in Pittsburgh in 15 years: Spellbinding. Opening song on electric guitar, solitary at first, distortion filtered through a cloud of gauze. An evening of shuffling acoustics and plaintive ballads, odes to sadness, tear it all down….

Review: David Wechsler – Vacations

Vacations is an appropriate title for David Wechsler’s first foray into the landscape of the solo artist, a record that’s as focused on traveling as a metaphor for emotional journeys as musical ones. Over the course of 13 songs, departures and a travelogue of locations are masterfully utilized to illustrate the fragility of strained relationships…